A fascinating journey through the pages of Richie Blackmore's busy life
Richard Hugh Blackmore - one of the most important guitarists twentieth century! He had a tremendous impact both on his countrymen and on the masses of his followers, winning the title "The King of Hard Rock Electric Guitar.". But it is also called "The Man in Black - Blackmore loves clothes in black. He is also one of the most mysterious, versatile and Scandalous of guitarists in history! Ritchie can openly say whatever he thinks of this or that creator, even if it's his own fan.
Blackmore gained worldwide popularity in the ranks deep purple and RainbowI had a lot of fun in my life before I moved away from heavy music and toward medieval and Anglo-American colored folk. Yes, yes, we're talking about Blackmore's Night - Ritchie and his wife's joint project Candace Knight. And even if some of the old fans lost interest in the guitarist after such bold experiments with the sound, Blackmore is not at all upset, because he attracted the lion's share. new admirers his multifaceted talent!
The first guitar and javelin throwing
Richie received his first guitar as a gift from his father in 11 years.The only condition was that the boy had to relate to the instrument Really and sharpen your skills, tirelessly. Richie was delighted with his gift, and devoted the whole of the following year to taking playing lessons on the guitar. It was during this period that he acquired his branded chip is to play with pinkie. Blackmore mastered the electric guitar a little later, and his teacher was himself Big Jim Sullivanwho lived next door.
During his high school years, Ritchie was passionate about sports! He was particularly attracted to swimming and javelin throwingBut he didn't enjoy his studies at all: Ritchie felt that the professors were overly supportive of formalism and were in every way suppress out-of-the-box thinking of the students. Already in the 15 years Blackmore said goodbye to the hated school without regret and began his journey rock stars…
In addition to swimming and javelin throwing, Ritchie was a fan of soccer! And already as a world-famous rock star, he was instilling love to this sport by their to colleagues at Rainbow. The band members had no choice: those who were not going to share this passion with the leader were known to be fired. For example, this fate befell Tony Carey.
The First Group and Introduction to Jerry Lee Lewis
One of the first bands in which Ritchie gained experience was The Roman Empire! The group was known for the fact that its members dressed up as by Roman soldiers. And the leader of the band was himself Screaming Lord Satchwhose biography is more than scandalous...
One day Ritchie had the opportunity to play along with Jerry Lee Lewiswhich was famous for its bold temperament: often Lewis physically punished musicians whose level of playing and commitment to his did not arrange. For this he was nicknamed "Killer.". To Ritchie's great joy and surprise, their collaboration turned out to be smooth - Lewis was pleased with the young guitarist, and invited Blackmore to record together! Ritchie thanked the musician, but declined the offer declinedThe prospect of walking around with a black eye for a wrong chord didn't inspire the guy much...
Breakthrough with Deep Purple
Exactly deep purple was a springboard for Blackmore: as the band's guitarist, he won the great acclaim and his reputation as a charismatic rocker! No one could replace Ritchie: he was Phenomenal in its sound...
One day Blackmore seriously illand on the nose of the group was a huge tourwhich foreshadowed millions of dollars... Then the manager, who did not want to lose a penny, began emergency search Who could have played in Ritchie's place. Al Cooper was the main contender for the role, but the problem was that he was first and foremost keyboard playerAt first Cooper considered the offer to replace Blackmore on the tour as a joke! But later he agreed to audition. And when he was about to be approved for the role of temporary Purple guitarist, he sharply replied waiver from that kind of responsibility. Instead, Al advised the manager to turn his attention to Randy California..
It seemed that Randy had reached an agreement, and the manager's wallet was safe! But it wasn't! Just before the next performance, California felt the panic attack. He barricaded himself in his hotel room and refused to refused to leave their hiding place. The tour had to canceland then it became clear to everyone that replacing Ritchie Blackmore impossible.
Deep Purple has released many premium music and won the acclaim of an audience of millions! At the height of their popularity, journalists and critics liked to compare them to Black Sabbath, but Blackmore it's creepy to say the least annoying:
"Don't compare us! Deep Purple is more than just loaded songs with heavy riffs!"
Ritchie calls his favorite Purple album "Machine Head."The successes of "Fireball" and "Who Do We Think We Are" have been annoyance:
"I didn't like them from the beginning, already at the time of their creation..."
The ups and downs of the legendary group can be talked about very for a long timeBut that's another story altogether. We are moving on to Richie's biography next...
From Rainbow to English Romanticism
Founded in the middle 1970's, Group Rainbow has also achieved great success on the world's rock arena! However, with Ronnie James Dio on vocals and Blackmore with a guitar in his hands, it could not be otherwise. The band's most successful album was "Rising." - Their second record 1976 year. Some of the songs in it have a fascinating history: for example, Dio composed "Starstruck." about a crazy French fan who was chasing a guitarist! And the main riff from the song "Stargazer." was written by Blackmore and was originally intended for cello! However, the musician then decided to remake it into a guitar part.
During its existence, the group has undergone many changes In the lineup, there have been splits and reunions... And one of the most beloved rock vocalists, James Dio, unfortunately, has already not with us.
Group Blackmore's Night was founded by Blackmore and his then-wife-to-be Candace Knight in 1997, after the second breakup of Rainbow. The project was not as dizzyingly successful as Ritchie's previous endeavors, but it still had its audience. found. At the same time, for Blackmore to work with his wife was so nice and easy that the group continues to exist today - without a single breakup in its entire history!
Blackmore admitted that he fell in love with the theme Medieval Times and early English music back in the early 1970s! That's when he first watched a TV show about wives King Henry VIII. All this romanticism ignited a passion in the guitarist's heart, and decades later is reflected in the music of Blackmore's Night.
It is fair to say that back in the days of deep purple Blackmore tried to dilute the sound of the band with touches of old England. This is especially noticeable in the hit "Soldier of Fortune.
Alas, his fellow Purple did not share of this passion for English Romanticism...
Courageous critic, husband of his "personal chauffeur" and generous friend
Ritchie Blackmore is known not only for his genius in music, but also for his bold statements! Daring the guitarist "in black" certainly has a lot to offer. If he is interviewed, as a rule, he is sure to be interviewed by one of the musicians. Critiques! True, today the rocker has become wiser and calmer...
Driver's license Ritchie got closer to 40 years old! Before that, his drivers were friends and relatives, who often "poked and prodded." his passenger on this occasion. The most interesting thing is that even after obtaining his license, Blackmore rarely gets behind the wheel: mostly, the role of his personal chauffeur is performed by Candace!
Blackmore has always been a fan of the flutist Ian Andersonand was therefore overjoyed when he agreed to participate in the recording of one of the songs on his debut album. Blackmore's Night. As a token of his gratitude, Richie sent his idol a rare heavy caliber revolverBut the gift never made it to Ian, prompting a number of questions from airport customs. As a result, the flutist had to personally go and pick up your gift.
Despite his mature age, Ritchie Blackmore is always ready to rock the stage! He remains one of the most important representatives of rock of the last century, and his influence extends even to contemporary followers…